World cup will still be held obviously - too big a rugby country to not! It hasn't been decided what's happening yet with the games that are/were scheduled to be in Christchurch. The stadium I just heard tonight has some visible damage, but the engineers haven't finished checking so there's no official word.
I imagine the affected games might be moved to Dunedin (where I am at the moment incidentally) instead which is a few hours drive south. Little bit of rescheduling of games, but I don't think it'll cause any major problems, we have many stadiums.
Excellent news. Some of the reports here said that as much of the centre of Christchurch would have to be demolished there could be a problem with accommodation due to too many affected hotels. I didn't really imagine the competition would be cancelled but the situation is undoubtedly going to cause a few logistical problems.
On a slightly different note. Dunedin, if my memory serves me properly, is where we came the closest ever to beating the All Blacks. It was in 1990 just after we won our last Grand Slam. John Jeffrey still blames Gavin Hastings for losing that game!
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approx 1/3 of the central city buildings in CHCH is estimated to be demolished. This will more than likely cause a big pile of accommodation problems! I haven't heard about the hotel we were supposed to be staying in. This is why I expect they will move the games to Dunedin, or possibly play them in one of the Auckland stadiums since most people will likely to have had to fly into Auckland anyway. As you say it's going to mess up some plans, but it's nothing that can't be handled. To fly from one end of New Zealand to the other only takes like 2 hours so it's not too hard to get around.
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